9JUHI CHAWLA (DIL TO PAGAL HAI)
Not just Juhi Chawla, but a host of other leading Bollywood actresses of the 90s also turned down the role of Nisha opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the all time blockbuster film ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (1997). The said role was first offered to Manisha Koirala and then to Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Urmila Matondkar and Kajol before Karisma Kapoor gave her nod to do it.
Ironically, the decision of playing the second lead in the film worked in Kapoor’s favor as she did not just win oodles of praises for her brilliant performance, but also walked away with the National Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film had three actors in it – Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor – and all the three got the Filmfare Awards for their great performances.
The musical romantic film was helmed by veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra. Though SRK had previously collaborated with Chopra on critically and commercially successful films like ‘Darr’ (1993) and ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995), ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ marked the very first association of Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor with the Yash Raj camp. And the end result was marvelous. Upon its release on 30th October 1997, the film opened to overwhelming response. Made on a budget of almost Rs. 9 crores, the film went onto gross Rs. 59.82 crores in India and became the third highest opener of the year behind ‘Border’ and ‘Koyla’. With global collection of Rs. 71.86 crores, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ emerged as the highest grossing Indian film of the year worldwide. The film has attained cult status over the years.
TRIVIA: The film was initially titled ‘Maine to Mohabbat Kar Li’ and ‘Tevar’ before Yash Chopra finally settled on “Dil To Pagal Hai” as the title.